There has never been a time like the present to reclaim midwifery. ARM relies on volunteers, all of whom are ARM members who passionately believe maternity care must change. We have launched our campaign to Save the Midwife and are now looking for members to donate their time and help us lead midwifery into a brighter future. All our volunteer positions will help you gain valuable experience working within a not-for-profit organisation and enhance your portfolio for revalidation. You don’t need experience, just a few hours and plenty of enthusiasm. You will be welcomed into our family with open ARMs!
When you join ARM, as a member you will gain access to information about your local group. Go along to your local meeting and get involved – most groups need people to help with organising events and campaigns, or simply connect with local like-minded people. See our groups page for more information, or contact Hilary.
We call the Board of Trustees of ARM charity the ‘Steering Group’ or SG. See the Steering Group page for details of our current SG. All members are welcome to come along to Steering Group meetings and help, though only SG members can vote on decisions. SG meetings usually take place the evening before our national meetings which are held on a quarterly basis. The meetings are very friendly and inclusive, in line with our philosophy as a feminist and non-hierarchical organisation, and all members are welcome including potential or student midwives and maternity service users. As SG roles are usually rotated on a three-year basis, vacancies arise on the SG regularly and new members are voted in at the AGM (September). Being an SG member is a great way to make a contribution to midwifery and you don’t need any prior experience – we can help you to learn about the role and responsibilities of being a Trustee of a charity so in addition to helping ARM, you can get great experience for professional development and your CV. Contact us to get involved with the SG.
The Midwives’ Haven is a new supportive service for our members. We aim to offer support networks for members caught up in investigations, disciplinary processes, and NMC referrals, or who have experienced any distress at work. We offer a listening ear by email or telephone and accompany midwives to interviews or hearings if able and requested. We are also building a library of useful documents and hold support groups at national meetings. We would love to hear from you. If you have experience of investigation, disciplinary action, NMC referral, bullying and harassment etc. as a midwife or former supervisor or workplace representative/steward, and would like to support midwives facing these challenges please contact Deb Hughes.
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Do you have a creative mind? Are you great at organising parties and good at negotiating? We need you to support us with our fundraising efforts. We envisage this role will take an hour or two a week, and involve creating a pool of fundraising options and liaising with potential sponsors. This role can be as creative as you can make it! For informal enquiries, please email Nicky.
Do you have a passion for birth, a love of the written word and a great attention to detail? If so, we need you to join our Editorial Group. Once every 3 months you will be asked to spare a couple of hours to proof read articles for Midwifery Matters. The commitment is small but the rewards are huge; you get a sneak preview of the content we share with ARM members, experience on a small editorial panel and a warm welcome to the ARM family. If you think this sounds like the right opportunity for you to give something back to ARM, please email Lisa-Marie to enquire.